Thursday, December 17, 2015

Catching Up

Starting with Thanksgiving, I have some catching up to do.

For Thanksgiving this year, we went (With Grammy, Papa and Em) to Ben's uncle house on the outskirts of Charlotte in an area called Mint Hill. What a great trip! We were a little worried about the drive, because we hadn't really done a road trip with the kids before but it actually went pretty well. Well, after we bought some motion-sickness medicine. Ellie gets car-sick. We have had several instances when she was in the car for longer than an hour and she started throwing up. We suspected car-sickness, but were't sure. Well on the way to North Carolina, she threw up again. This time it was only 15 minutes in though, so we weren't ready for it. We finally decided for sure it must be car sickness, and the luckily the closest place to pull over and get things cleaned up was a Walgreens so we were also able to get some medicine pronto. It did wonders. No problems after that and none on the way home. 
Other than that the kids did great! We played the Alphabet game (Ben and I, Ellie tried to help a little) and we played I-Spy and they just enjoyed playing with their toys and reading books the rest of the time.  The drive was 5 hours, so with stopping it took us around 6 to get there. 

Charlotte was beautiful! The weather was AMAZING and the area was really quiet and beautiful. We took a bunch of walks, played outside, had a delicious thanksgiving dinner and did some shopping. It was really great to have Ben off for 5 whole days! 
We didn't take many pictures, but here are a few

On one of our walks we found this empty wooded lot to explore, so we collected some great leaves from there and came home to make a leaf crown. 

Black Friday shopping at this funny little bargain store called Ollie's. They had some seriously great deals on books! 

A sunset on the way home. 

Aiden's ready to hit the road!

Fred and Toni's beautiful house!

Setting for Thanksgiving dinner

Some great clouds we saw while driving

A few other pictures from the last few weeks that are non-Christmas-ey. 
I'll do a post of all the Christmas-ey things later :)

Ellie drew a family portrait! I was so proud! Left to Right- Aiden, Mom, Dad, Ellie

Both kids had a dentist appointment. They loved these chairs at the dentist office
Ellie snug as a bug

I've started to tackle the decorate Aiden's room project. This is the start I have, pretty wimpy but I'm really excited for the day that it's done! 

Ellie made a leaf suncatcher

Ellie: "Look Mom, I'm decorating my house!" 

Happy painting, as always

And as always, she can't resist painting herself

I love this cute little man who's not so little anymore. I'm totally ignoring the fact that he's almost 2! 

A beautiful sunset

These two love looking out the window ALL THE TIME!